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5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E., Editor at highstylelife.com

5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Road trips are an increasingly popular form of vacation gaining traction across the globe. In countries like Australia, the horizon of possibilities stretches far beyond what you can even imagine. Coastal trips are becoming more and more popular, attracting families, friend posies, and solo travelers. However, there are some things you might want to do before you hop in your car. Heading out in the open road unprepared is not the wisest move. You need to ensure your car is ready to endure all the trials and tribulations ahead.

Maintenance tasks

On the surface, your vehicle might appear to be fine, but do not take any chances. Carry out thorough maintenance beforehand and see to it that there are no safety concerns. Tightly secure hoses and belts. Make certain there are no cracks in the windshield. Perform a simple voltage test to check whether your battery is fit for a challenge. Scorching temperatures in the Australian outback can really build up under the hood. This is more than a minor inconvenience as it can really drain your car’s battery, especially if it is an aged one. You certainly do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mechanical checkup

From a mechanical standpoint, everything should work like clockwork. Breaks are a key safety component, so measure their pads and audit brake fluid level. Furthermore, inspect the filter, which constantly supplies your engine with air. While at it, look at the lights, including headlights, brake and hazard lights, blinkers, and interior lights. This prevents your visibility from being impaired on the road. Of course, should you encounter difficulties, you can call professionals to inspect the vehicle.  I hired a mobile mechanic from the Gold Coast and hit the road fully confident.

All fluids go

Cars need their fluids just like our bodies need them. Therefore, auditing their level is always high on the checklist. Those who are going on a longer road trip need to top up windshield washer, transmission, and wiper fluids. Do not overlook radiator coolant or power steering fluid either. As for antifreeze/engine coolant, it is also vital, even more so for colder destinations. Namely, chilly weather could freeze fluids in your car and lead to serious setbacks and costly repairs. Finally, see if it is time to do an oil change. We cannot stress enough the importance of having enough juice at all times.

Tire pressure and condition

Tires take the heaviest beating and they must be in tiptop shape. So, check if your tire pressure is on the level prescribed in the owner’s manual. Next, assess their condition: there should be no bulges in the sidewall. In case your tires are more than two years old, then it is recommended to examine the tread depth. Do a penny test to see how it holds up. Hold a Lincoln penny and place it head-down in one of the grooves of the tire surface. If the tread does not obscure all of Lincoln’s head on the coin, your tire is good to go.

 

Stay fresh and clean

It is also a good idea to give your car a good scrub and wipe. After all, cleaning the inside and out will ensure you have the most pleasant road experience. A good place to start is decluttering. Get all the unnecessary items out of the vehicle and make room for those you are going to need once you set off (such as an emergency kit with road flares, jumper cables, etc.). See to it there is no garbage or food residue anywhere. Vacuum the floor, clean the windows, and dust all interior surfaces. Add an air freshener to do away with bad smells.

Smooth sailing

To stay on the safe side, you should schedule an extensive checkup and maintenance.  This is an essential part of trip planning and preparation. In other words, get a closer look at what is happening under the hood. Pay close attention to things like tire pressure and fluid level. Be ready for whatever comes your way and see to it that your vehicle runs like clockwork — both you and your four-wheeled friend must be up to a task. Doing due diligence will give you peace of mind and minimize risks, even when wandering off the beating track.

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Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Often, when you feel under the weather, or you’re a bit out of sorts, there’s no need to rush to a clinic and see a doctor. Most of the symptoms we experience and illnesses we develop are minor, and often, there’s no need for treatment. Sometimes, however, the situation is different, and you may come across red flag signs that you really shouldn’t ignore. It’s highly likely that there will be nothing to worry about, but seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.

Frequent dizzy spells

It’s normal to feel dizzy or lightheaded if you’ve had a hectic day and it’s 4pm and you haven’t had lunch yet, but it’s not normal to experience dizzy spells on a regular basis. If you feel faint, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. It’s particularly important to visit an urgent care center if you’ve developed dizziness after an accident. If you banged your head, for example, dizziness could be a delayed symptom of concussion. Feeling lightheaded may also be linked to low sugar levels, low blood pressure, and anemia.

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Lumps and bumps

It’s very common to find lumps and bumps on or underneath your skin. In the vast majority of cases, these masses are nothing sinister, but occasionally, they can be a sign of potentially life-threatening illnesses. If you do find a lump, no matter how big or small, it’s best to get it checked out.

Unexplained weight loss

Many people try to lose weight for weeks or even months of the year. If you’re dropping dress sizes and you’ve been making an effort to eat a healthier diet and do more exercise, the tumbling numbers on the scale shouldn’t cause concern. However, if you’re losing weight and you haven’t been trying to, this could be a sign of underlying illness. If your clothes feel much baggier or your body weight has dropped significantly, and you haven’t changed your eating habits, book an appointment with your doctor.

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Traces of blood in urine or feces

If you spot traces of blood in your urine or feces, arrange to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are lots of possible causes, many of which are minor, but there is a risk that these symptoms are linked to more serious illnesses. Common causes may include urinary tract infections or hemorrhoids, but bleeding can also be symptomatic of some forms of cancer.

Chest pain

You may experience chest pain if you’ve been involved in an accident, but if there doesn’t appear to be an obvious cause of pain, seek advice from your doctor. Chest pain can be a sign of cardiac problems, but there are lots of other causes. If you’ve been getting recurrent bouts of pain or you feel pain come on very suddenly, see a doctor urgently.

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Usually, when you don’t feel 100 percent, you recover and bounce back very quickly. In the vast majority of cases, we’re struck down by minor illnesses, but sometimes, spotting red flag symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of more severe health problems. If you do notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. It’s best to get symptoms checked sooner rather than later.

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